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Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on licensed premises and (iii) being drunk in or when entering a designated sports event there have been in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (219162)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for the offences of (i) being drunk and disorderly (ii) being drunk on a highway, public place or on licensed premises and (iii) being drunk in or when entering a designated sports event can be found in the following tables. Data have been broken down by police force area in England and Wales from 1997 to 2006.

The arrests collection held by the Ministry of Justice covers persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only. Details of the circumstances of an arrest are not collected centrally. Summary offences of ‘being drunk and disorderly' are non-notifiable and as a result are not covered by the collection.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for selected alcohol related offences, broken down by police force area, England and Wales, 1997 to 20061, 2Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour3Force1997199819992000200120022003200420052006Avon and Somerset361374383363399408427371226187Bedfordshire1663142201861871972191368480Cambridgeshire122144159148151154189167169132Cheshire58671465259056364865250584111City of London26315443445370535161Cleveland77470770868462163071563120595Cumbria808812802521558514525471328322Derbyshire294286231254292357425342211228Devon and Cornwall888771709704817895672477365480Dorset2723903434064695515201669887Durham406504491538563541603406378286Essex515490553584513409194204183255Gloucestershire1472001531581641802011396244Greater Manchester1,4151,3071,2061,2151,0671,005965505260183Hampshire1,2701,3931,3061,1331,0721,117977590455251Hertfordshire29633738838140650844936525579Humberside250225255234247213213127163138Kent5607208659009119281,1071,118532436Lancashire1,6181,6731,8272,1652,3662,2102,180908615560Leicestershire27273724262619181216Lincolnshire4786245844585065285564847060Merseyside2,9672,9402,1511,9791,9262,1182,0391,348692765Metropolitan Police1,4491,5501,4401,2191,4942,4642,4661,1829081,104Norfolk108114115131146151183945851North Yorkshire342382411459482452512195202212Northamptonshire26242129332925324131Northumbria3,1223,5673,5483,8593,5163,5873,9443,9394,5324,352Nottinghamshire563570526482529507501261224262South Yorkshire1,1869681,1481,2641,2481,2711,4971,204551544Staffordshire3203052474—215251343223209160Suffolk269212213228267333357337217201Surrey208208280412473477439289247121Sussex522512398512631733801474266371Thames Valley1,0861,3051,1619799979791,090895282232Warwickshire3096662862281951251621112735West Mercia-654574561488543-455413483516437West Midlands1,102846522472437463307531373797West Yorkshire2,6552,7643,0972,8092,1012,0712,2607146871,384Wiltshire370426267275262284426290147105Dyfed-Powys200198153145162173223214162122Gwent748532420360308273207263238209North Wales8241,006949799839669545436220222South Wales1,5821,5831,2121,162998802725903737335England and Wales31,89133.29531,05229,98029,74430,73931,34322,60116,34216,143 1 These data are on the principal offence basis.2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.3 Includes Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91.4 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level.

Being found drunk in a highway or other public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premise1

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

62

65

94

83

74

86

85

93

97

81

Bedfordshire

54

153

96

52

31

20

48

28

31

17

Cambridgeshire

37

31

39

46

51

51

71

48

55

59

Cheshire

73

63

50

36

18

24

26

13

3

19

City of London

5

1

1

7

1

2

1

Cleveland

4

13

2

3

2

3

4

3

5

Cumbria

43

42

25

14

18

16

9

24

21

19

Derbyshire

38

43

47

64

60

53

40

11

6

8

Devon and Cornwall

284

300

332

249

216

228

185

106

77

81

Dorset

13

15

18

29

12

13

15

11

4

Durham

24

39

38

22

45

22

7

8

16

14

Essex

230

209

173

137

117

53

12

15

5

10

Gloucestershire

53

90

57

34

35

34

20

14

14

17

Greater Manchester

7

15

12

6

9

4

11

6

7

3

Hampshire

355

488

350

240

166

131

77

58

55

22

Hertfordshire

21

47

66

43

32

21

18

19

14

1

Humberside

12

13

14

6

5

6

5

2

1

Kent

157

148

148

148

144

154

154

123

58

47

Lancashire

216

222

191

249

186

181

71

37

45

16

Leicestershire

1

6

5

3

1

1

1

1

Lincolnshire

36

51

27

26

15

16

10

9

3

4

Merseyside

50

56

40

36

41

33

19

13

8

8

Metropolitan Police

263

289

251

172

316

191

150

119

128

100

Norfolk

66

66

68

68

58

58

72

40

27

14

North Yorkshire

82

95

87

136

138

146

120

59

37

32

Northamptonshire

7

6

6

7

1

9

3

5

3

4

Northumbria

25

34

48

32

22

21

16

34

36

47

Nottinghamshire

2

12

7

6

11

9

12

4

3

South Yorkshire

19

17

22

33

14

9

6

13

5

2

Staffordshire

82

71

41

2

17

17

37

41

43

39

Suffolk

108

81

97

72

53

61

57

66

27

29

Surrey

92

97

108

121

122

83

88

93

89

75

Sussex

226

226

130

81

130

102

88

44

56

82

Thames Valley

215

247

207

173

145

123

128

98

51

51

Warwickshire

8

99

17

9

7

7

6

2

1

West Mercia

99

65

78

20

23

10

6

10

10

10

West Midlands

61

53

31

21

12

9

26

22

46

52

West Yorkshire

53

107

73

71

29

37

92

76

35

44

Wiltshire

68

73

66

52

60

53

50

66

80

72

Dyfed-Powys

93

153

134

138

77

72

78

63

37

66

Gwent

21

25

21

25

38

50

25

11

7

2

North Wales

17

18

15

8

4

9

9

1

3

7

South Wales

114

243

251

252

229

206

218

207

213

76

England and Wales

3,495

4,182

3,582

3,031

2,785

2,433

2,174

1,715

1,462

1,240

1 Includes all under S12 of the Licensing Act 1872.

(a) Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises.

(b) Being drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage horse, cattle or steam engine.

(c) Being drunk when in possession of any loaded fire arms.

2 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level.

Drunk in, or when entering, a designated sports event1

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

6

23

6

5

3

3

9

10

3

2

Bedfordshire

15

5

11

9

4

2

2

3

4

4

Cambridgeshire

9

6

5

5

8

4

2

4

2

Cheshire

4

3

2

3

1

2

5

4

1

Cleveland

9

7

26

4

15

26

14

13

20

23

City of London

Cumbria

4

1

2

1

1

1

Derbyshire

2

5

5

3

11

4

15

8

2

Devon and Cornwall

2

1

2

2

1

1

2

3

6

Dorset

6

13

3

11

12

8

3

1

3

Durham

1

1

3

2

5

Essex

1

1

4

3

8

Gloucestershire

3

7

6

7

1

Greater Manchester

9

28

9

13

7

13

11

14

28

32

Hampshire

41

15

8

16

16

9

19

22

14

11

Hertfordshire

1

1

.—

2

1

2

1

3

Humberside

5

3

5

1

2

1

3

3

Kent

2

1

10

3

3

1

3

Lancashire

61

33

24

26

26

23

16

11

22

43

Leicestershire

2

2

3

4

2

4

3

Lincolnshire

1

2

1

2

1

Merseyside

3

9

—13

10

9

8

7

7

7

2

Metropolitan Police

198

191

115

73

37

61

72

59

17

30

Norfolk

12

14

7

1

11

10

7

8

21

4

North Yorkshire

6

2

3

15

13

4

3

1

2

Northamptonshire

1

1

1

Northumbria

102

43

26

20

44

42

44

16

21

24

Nottinghamshire

40

34

42

19

26

20

13

28

13

17

South Yorkshire

48

20

27

23

41

31

17

30

26

40

Staffordshire

3

1

2

5

2

5

6

2

Suffolk

5

5

3

2

7

5

6

29

4

11

Surrey

Sussex

1

1

3

1

Thames Valley

15

21

6

3

9

3

2

4

5

2

West Mercia

2

1

2

1

1

1

West Midlands

59

52

25

15

55

85

72

84

103

199

West Yorkshire

32

33

30

53

68

47

25

34

49

46

Wiltshire

12

22

2

18

11

1

1

5

6

3

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

North Wales

2

3

7

5

2

4

1

South Wales

2

6

3

2

5

3

3

7

3

England and Wales

713

601

430

381

452

439

376

432

409

528

1 Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985 S 2(2) 2 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level.